Pachuca rallies to take fifth-place

Mexican side Pachuca beat 10-man Al Wahda of the United Arab

Emirates 4-2 on penalties to cap a dramatic comeback and take fifth

place at the Club World Cup.

The CONCACAF Champions League winners were 2-0 down with eight

minutes to go before substitute Dario Cvitanich struck twice, first

with a volley and then a clever backheel in the 89th to level the


The match finished 2-2 at full time and went straight to a

penalty shootout. Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero saved from

Abdulraheem Jumaa and Modibi Diarra missed his effort to give the

Mexican side the win.

Al Wahda opened the scoring in the 44th when Ismaeil Matar

volleyed in from close range.

Pachuca had the perfect opportunity to equalize when Hamdan

al-Kamali fouled Franco Arizala to give away a penalty in the 73rd

and was sent off for his second booking.

Edgar Benitez put his spot-kick over the bar though and looked

set to pay for his mistake when Mahmoud al-Hammadi scored on the

rebound to make it 2-0, before Pachuca’s late rally.